Do you take pleasure in family camping as a summer past time? That has been the case for my family for 30 plus years. We always choose the same campground every summer because of the amenities that it offers for family fun. Here are some tips that will help your family plan for your next family camping trip.
First, families need to communicate what days and where they want to camp together. Usually, family camping takes place around the same time each summer. That means folks can plan around those days for other summer activities involved by children.
Next, you need to obtain a campsite. Reserve America makes campground reservation relatively straightforward. When you go to their site input what style of camping you would want from tent camping, RV camping, group camping or day use. Then select state, zip code and or the campground with information from arrival date and length of stay. Miraculously the site searches your choice and you decide what site to keep. Be aware that you can only book six months out. That might make it difficult to obtain a spot at popular campgrounds. Best advice plan early!
In the mean time check camp and cooking equipment for repairs or replacements. A good one to two weeks out from your trip take time to set up your tent or trailer. Not only will it allow you to see if they need repair, but airing them out cannot hurt either. Check your portable stove for fuel and if it will start with piezo ignition. Generate a check list of stored equipment and take stock of what you have and what you may want. Communicating eliminates doubling up on certain camping gear when sharing the same camp site.
Lastly, plan for meals and snacks for the week. Preplanning meals help the pocket book and time that could be spent with family fun. Especially staples such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, peanut butter, jelly, salt, pepper to name a few. Check your cupboards and refrigerator for these items. Organize each meal ahead of time by placing them in plastic bags labeled. Fortunately with car camping what you omit may be purchased at a local grocery store.
Finally, treasure the memories shared each summer with your family. There is nothing more enjoyable than boating and swimming during the day or laughing around the campfire each night. It puts busy schedules on the back burner for the week.